By Mark Koebrich, November 19, 2013
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What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but how you get there may change soon.
X-Train is a luxury passenger train with planned services that include passenger coaches with bar area lounges and Vegas class food and beverages. The Vegas experience starts once you are on board the train. The X Train will travel through mountain passes, historic stations and high desert scenery unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. All for the of $99.
So how does this elite rain line affect Denver? Local people such as Denver's "Dealin' Doug" Moreland are getting behind the idea and are trying to get it to come through the Mile High City.
"It's very high end," Moreland said. "We're taking old passenger train and totally refurbishing. They are luxurious. Some will have leather. They'll have fine woods. They'll be food. They'll be cocktails and drinks, and we'll have entertainment."
In other words, the X-Train is not the usual, outdated ride on a train. The X-Train cars are sleek, and the first renderings show a bar with high ceilings and video screens, elegant dining and club cars with comfortable seating and expensive interior finishes.
Moreland says the X-Train website conveys a party atmosphere because the trains were only going to Las Vegas.
"I've enjoyed going to Vegas, and I've enjoyed gambling, and it just seemed like a great fun, sexy type of investment. So I invested in it," Moreland said.
What got this project really going was when Amtrak said it wanted the X-Train to hook up with their trains. That means, riders would be able to hop a luxury X-Train ride from New York to Miami, San Francisco to Reno and perhaps Denver to New Orleans.
Moreland says the Amtrak connection improves the investor groups revenue picture, and the concept will probably hit the rails next year with Amtrak deciding which cities will be the first served.
"Amtrak really wants us to do that LA to Oakland route, one of the first ones," Moreland said. "California - if you've ever driven from LA up to the Bay Area - you know it's a long haul, and there's a lot of people on the highway."
Find out more about the X-Train here: http://on9news.tv/1fedNMO.